District Competitions, Scouts

Scouts feel the need for speed at Soap-box Derby

14 March 2016

Youngsters from six scout groups in the Lowestoft district satisfied their need for speed at the weekend when they put their handmade soapbox karts through their paces at a thrilling race meeting.

In previous years the soapbox races had been held at the scout’s Herringfleet campsite on a wartime tank testing area – but this year the competition was moved to Ellough Park Raceway near Worlingham.

Organiser Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts, Mark Hansen said; “the groups have made one and in some cases two karts from whatever materials they can find and brought them to the raceway to run them on a proper track for the first time.

We based the event loosely on formula one car racing – so we gave each kart driver and their two person-power propulsion unit a two lap time-trial to decide their grid position for the race proper.“

In freezing rain the seven teams took their positions for the Soapbox Derby, which was run over eight shortened laps of karting circuit.

The race proved to be quite tiring but all teams completed the course with the winners being 4th Lowestoft followed over the finish line by 14th Lowestoft with 1st Blundeston in third place.

Mr. Hansen added “ the youngsters had great fun and we are really grateful to Ellough Park Raceway for opening the track early and for all their help with the race.”